FDA issues boxing warning for Singulair

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The FDA is issuing its strongest warning for a popular asthma and allergy drug.

The agency has announced it’s issuing a “boxed warning” for Singulair.

The new label will advise doctors to avoid prescribing the medication for mild symptoms especially those with hay fever.

The drug has carried a warning since 2008 about a link with an increased risk of depression, sleeping problems, and suicidal thoughts.

However, the FDA said a review of data last year shows the risks may outweigh the benefits in some patients.

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